By Wim Hof, Koen De Jong
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AL KAVADLO , author of Street Workout and Pushing The Limits! “Wim Hof first came across my radar a few years ago when I heard of a crazy Dutchman defying the laws of thermodynamics. How could a man submerge himself in freezing water for prolonged periods of time without hypothermia? How was it possible for his body temperature to stay the same during the process? This book is an enlightening look into the nervous system, and the amazing power of the mind. Don’t mistake this for simple ‘cold therapy’ although that is a piece of the puzzle.
Through one of his brother’s friends, he got a place in De Wielingen, an old orphanage, where he lived with ninety other squatters. He led an ascetic life, eating little and doing a lot of yoga. His lifestyle was very different from that of the hippy-like students in the squat. They used LSD, smoked joints, and ate space-cake to achieve altered states of consciousness. In the Vondelpark, Hof shared the yoga positions he had mastered with anyone who was interested. He also liked to explain their physiological basis.
If they are not treated, the skin will become dark or even black. The skin will look as if it had been burnt. Of course, hypothermia (when the core body temperature falls below 35°C) doesn’t just affect the toes and fingers. Your normal metabolic functions are also at risk: your heart rate and blood pressure lower and your breathing slows down. Eventually, you will lose consciousness and after an hour, it will be fatal. In ice water, this process happens even more quickly to untrained people. In water, the cold can be fatal after only half an hour.
The Way of the Iceman by Wim Hof, Koen De Jong